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Introducing the CharlieCard mitten [Jan. 17th, 2007|02:04 pm]
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[ron_newman]
This is brilliant. How long before someone starts producing them commercially?

    
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[User Picture]From: lizzielizzie
2007-01-17 07:17 pm (UTC)
I would make a modification - place the button at the other end of the pocket, so that if it comes undone your charlie card doesn't fall out and make you extra sad (extra sad because now you've wasted money on these mittens that didn't work righh AND lost your charlie card.)
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[User Picture]From: littlestarletta
2007-01-17 07:18 pm (UTC)
I want a pair :) Cute!
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[User Picture]From: echoisms
2007-01-17 07:21 pm (UTC)
well... i've already e-mailed asking if i could commission a pair for myself (and possible for several friends) so it may not be very long. brilliant idea, brilliant!
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[User Picture]From: joifulgurl
2007-01-18 01:44 am (UTC)
hey you really want me to knit you some? I TOTALLY WILL, YO.
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[User Picture]From: thespian
2007-01-17 07:21 pm (UTC)
I started working on a pair a week and a half ago after swatching to make sure that it would work (I was worried the yarn might be too thick so I made a sample to try on the bus that night, and I was trying something different in the pocket making area that will bore you silly if you don't knit).

It got pushed aside while I was prepping for Arisia and helping others prep, but I showed it to about 30 people at Arisia itself, and got this response pretty constantly. :-) It seems so obvious, though; I'm *really* surprised that local mass producers (or at least sewers, who can make mittens much faster than knitters) hadn't started it already.
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[User Picture]From: juldea
2007-01-18 08:27 am (UTC)
Obviously you and I should go into business making these and selling them. *nods* Would the store sell them?
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[User Picture]From: bikini_killl
2007-01-17 07:22 pm (UTC)
but don't you have to take your other hand out of the mitten to open the button to take it out, or is there an opening on the underside to only remove your fingers? It's cute, but kinda useless to me it looks. If your whole hand needs to come out of a mitten, then unbutton it, I fail to see how it is different from unzipping your purse.
i dunno
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[User Picture]From: littlestarletta
2007-01-17 07:24 pm (UTC)
why would you need to unbutton it? just put the back of your hand up on the card reader.
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2007-01-17 07:25 pm (UTC)
You should never need to take it out of the pocket. Just hold the mitten up to the pass reader or the vending machine.
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[User Picture]From: sofiaviolet
2007-01-17 07:25 pm (UTC)
It's for the CharlieCard, which needs to be waved over a sensor (and not the CharlieTicket, which needs to be put into the machine). The pocket is thin enough that it doesn't affect the reader.
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[User Picture]From: sixpixee
2007-01-17 07:25 pm (UTC)
you don't have to take the card out of the pocket to use it. just hold your hand up to the sensor.
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[User Picture]From: sparkgrrl658
2007-01-17 07:39 pm (UTC)
indeed, the fact that there's no more swiping/inserting/etc [which i promptly forgot, even though i do it every day] is what makes this awesome.

what a great idea.

except, i don't like the looks of these, but that is just me. great idea.
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[User Picture]From: katespace
2007-01-17 08:12 pm (UTC)
That would be extra-awesome combined with these:

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[User Picture]From: littlestarletta
2007-01-17 08:15 pm (UTC)
LOL - SOMEONE OUT THERE PLEASE MAKE THE ULTIMATE GLOVE FOR BOSTONIANS!
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[User Picture]From: krzdweasel
2007-01-17 08:25 pm (UTC)
Those are fantastic. I totally forgot that they can be tapped through things.

Now I wonder, could I pull this off with tapping my purse against the sensor?
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2007-01-17 08:30 pm (UTC)
Probably. Try it and see. It works through my wallet.
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[User Picture]From: tigercelly
2007-01-17 09:58 pm (UTC)
I tap mine through my purse every day. Sometimes it doesn't work the first/second time, but I think I wasn't lining up the card quite right and/or not holding it long enough.

So.. basically, you'd pretty much need to know exactly where your card is. The middle of a purse would not do.
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[User Picture]From: ravenword
2007-01-18 05:21 am (UTC)
Works through my purse. There's a little inner pocket where I keep my wallet, so I make sure that area of the purse is up against the sensor.
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[User Picture]From: jennifer
2007-01-18 11:53 am (UTC)
I keep mine in a front pocket of my purse and tap it daily. Works fine. :)
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[User Picture]From: modforpretend
2007-01-17 08:33 pm (UTC)
Very nice!

I bought myself a wallet at Target in about October when I heard the new tap cards were coming. My friends in chicago just hold their wallets up to the sensors. But my wallet is fancy and has a little card slot that pulls out of the wallet without having to open the thing (but stays attached by a small ribbon).
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[User Picture]From: ventimeans20
2007-01-17 09:14 pm (UTC)
WANT
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[User Picture]From: sup3rmark
2007-01-18 07:15 am (UTC)
i just keep my card in my wallet and smack my whole wallet against the sensor.
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[User Picture]From: morbidiqua
2007-01-18 09:34 am (UTC)
While a cute idea I just put my Charlie card inside my actual mitten/glove. No buttons to undo... no gloves to lose alongside a Charlie card. Once used the card goes safely into my wallet when I am in a safe place again to do so.
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[User Picture]From: clevernonsense
2007-01-18 02:51 pm (UTC)
even though I like the button, I would think it would be better if the pocket was INSIDE the glove. Then, it's stuck in there forever.

Actually, the RFID chip should be INSIDE our brains. Then we shall be happy.

mmm...brain mittens
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[User Picture]From: ron_newman
2007-01-18 02:53 pm (UTC)
Until the first warm day, when you leave home without the glove, and therefore without the card.
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